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Monday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 12:27 PM GMT on June 30, 2008

Today’s Thought

Each hour find one thing that makes you laugh, one thing that makes you smile and one thing that makes you grateful for what you have and your day will be filled with happiness.


A note to Jer: I’m all in favor of nuclear power.


What a weekend. I wanted to play more online but time did not permit. Becky and I spent 11 hours driving and picking up cabinets and then making sure what we loaded was exactly what we had ordered and then heading back home. It was a tiring process that only the fact of saving the money that we did made it worthwhile. The kids stayed at home and so we decided Sunday should be “kids” day and we spent the morning at the beach and the afternoon at the movies watching WALL-E. What a great movie with a nice underlying message that hopefully others will grasp too.

One thing I did catch both Saturday and Sunday evening were the Olympic Trials. I love sports, both to play and to watch and I love to watch athletes at their best. Seeing Gay run the 100 Meters in 9.68 seconds is awesome. Watching Phelps swim the Medley in a world record time is just amazing to watch how smoothly he flows through the water. The Olympics should be a good time and yes, there is some patriotic pride from watching American athletes do well. Although I respect all the athletes and enjoy many of the stories, I’m a homer and I’ll also be watching that medal count.

It got me to thinking though, of what sport I would want to participate in since there is no Olympic event for the game of football and that leads to the QOD:

Will you be watching the Olympics, If so what aspect do you like the best and if you could compete what sport would you compete in?

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Weekend Politics

By: ricderr, 10:47 AM GMT on June 28, 2008

Let’s talk politics once again this weekend and as last weekend, let’s keep it to facts and way from personal bashing. I enjoyed last week’s discussion and I learned a thing or two. Hopefully we can do the same once again. I want a positive outlet for something that is very important to us personally and as a country and why not a little fun at the same time. I’ve decided that we’re responsible enough to disagree without making it personal or without having to resort to cheap shots and skewed/slanted posts. It’s my belief that the merits of the candidate and/or party should be good enough. I could care less who is the best at arguing, I’m interested in facts.

THE TOPIC:
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THE ECONOMY

Please stick to this topic and this topic only, the idea is focus.

THE RULES:
You must as your first response define what positions your candidate or the party you prefer will undertake to improve the economy. After that if you want to challenge the viewpoint of another you may, but only with facts, not with suggestions. If you feel someone isn’t giving enough information or their source of information is wrong, please respond without attacking the poster. Also, please understand that just as you will not agree with everything someone else says neither will they with you and there comes a point, in fact it comes very fast, where it is necessary to agree to disagree. The long back and forth posts back and forth do not make your point any better. And finally, please save the long winded “sermonette” posts for Sunday go to meeting, of course politics are emotional, but it’s my viewpoint we can set emotions aside and talk facts.


Lastly, the typical political talk and posts that is churned out on here I will not tolerate. In fact, I will take it as a sign of disrespect for all people who blog on here and deal with it accordingly.

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Friday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 12:42 PM GMT on June 27, 2008

Today's Thought
The easiest way to cut through the BS is with a smile.


It’s tirade Friday everyone. I just got off the phone with the most obnoxious caller I have had in a long time. Somewhere in high school they need to teach a little phone etiquette, either that or at least let me meet this last caller in a ring somewhere so I can bounce him around the floor a few times. Do not and I mean do not chew food in my freaking ear when you are calling me on the phone.


Ok, I walked downstairs and got a cup of coffee before I blew a fuse. That last caller did just about everything that I find offensive in a phone call. First, he called in that dreaded time before 7:30. I know, it’s not his fault that I consider that my quiet time and the time I go through all that I need to get things done during the day. Secondly, he didn’t want me, he got my name and a coworkers name mixed up, but that didn’t matter as he wanted to tell anyone his sad tale of woe even if I could do nothing about it. Then after I informed him of just the very same thing he had to go on about why my co worker wasn’t helping him either. I didn’t have the heart to tell him that the obvious solution to his problem was another 1,000 dollars and a 6 week lead time. Ralphie boy can handle that one. Finally as he was winding down I hear the scrunching of paper and then the conversation went from me to try and decipher what he was saying through a mouth full of food and him chomping away between words. It was all I could do to keep from sliding through the phone and choking his throat and that leads me to the QOD:

What annoys you most about the phone?

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THURSDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 3:35 PM GMT on June 26, 2008

Today’s Thought

The clearest view of the world is when we see it though our own eyes and not the opinions of others.


Can it really be Thursday already? I don’t know where this week has gone to but I know I’ve been busy.

I think marriage is two people with shared views and common goals, bonded by love. Oh and throw in a ton of compromise. Becky and I are in many ways polar opposites and so we have to practice that compromise idea constantly.

Now for our vacation, we’ve decided it will be just to hot to stay in the pop up, even with air conditioning and have decided to do the hotel route instead. Now, personally you can put me in a Motel 6 and I am perfectly happy and my pocket book is even more so. Becky, though believes we’ve worked hard enough and have earned the right to stay someplace nice and enjoy the extra pampering and being spoiled a nicer place has to offer. So with about 2 weeks left before we leave on vacation we’re stuck contemplating three ideas. A value hotel with three 2 story water slides that the kids will like, a nice hotel/resort with all the amenities or a nice roomy condo so everyone can stretch out and relax and that leads to the QOD:

Where would you stay?

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Wednesday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 12:14 PM GMT on June 25, 2008

Thought of the Day

We are who we want to be, if you are not, it’s your fault.




OK, no more letting dumb things get the best of me. I will focus on the positive only and if I tell myself that all day, I’ll be so busy focusing on that line that I won’t be able to focus on anything else.

Oh and good morning. That sounds strange, maybe I should do it when the guy looks into the camera, Jeff Corwin style and talk like it’s just you and I and you’re hanging on every word. Good morning, I’m so glad you could take the time to read my blog. I’ve trying real hard to maintain happy thoughts and enjoy my day and you? You are looking well today, nice outfit, maybe we can explore the blogs and share some ideas and laughter today. I don’t know about you but that was giving me the creeps.

The floor is done, finished caput. Now to move some of the items back in, install the base board, a little touch up on the paint and wait for the cabinets to arrive. Of course, it will take that long for my aching knees and feet to recover. I’ve got screws holding the big toes in place and sitting on your knees with your toes cocked and unable to bend is not fun. But do you think I get any sympathy at home? Oh wait, never mind, Becky harped and harped for me to hire it out and I wanted the satisfaction of doing it myself. One day I’ll learn. On second thought, who am I kidding? I won’t, by the weekend it will be forgotten until I tile the bedroom floor and no, I’m not going to hire that out either.

Yes, it’s another of those rambling posts that proves I’m demented.

Doesn’t Hancock come out this weekend? I don’t know why, but I’m in the mood for a double feature Saturday. Enough popcorn and coke to choke a horse and get to get lost in a few flicks. So far the summer hits haven’t jumped up and said wow, I’m special. Right now, it’s a toss up between Iron Man and Kung Fu Panda as to what movie was the best. I’m hoping Hancock can change that.

Lesson learned, if you want them to appear, say their name. Enough said.

We’re coming home last evening. The kids are day camping at the Environmental Studies Center. They get to seine the Indian River, learn about aquatic life and their environment. And mainly get wet and then get wet some more. As we’re driving Kyle asks if tomorrow I will just wrap his sandwich in a napkin. I’m thinking about bugs crawling through his food and how dry and stale the bread will be so of course I say no. It needs to be wrapped. Of course, I’ve crushed him. I’ve ruined his life for now and forever. So finally I have to ask why and he goes on to tell me how plastic bags are bad for the environment and are wasteful and potentially harmful for marine life and the kicker, how the team that has the most environmentally friendly lunches will earn a big party the last day of camp. Now my first thought is give me a break, now I’ve got to start worrying about how I pack their lunch? Who has the right to tell me how to make my kids lunch, nothing but the usual bristling over someone telling me how to lead my life. Then, I got to thinking about it. How hard, is it to put them in the plastic containers I have sitting idly in my cupboards? How much trouble is it to throw them into the dishwasher which I am using daily anyways or to reuse them over and over instead of spending $3.20 for a months supply of Ziplock Sandwich Bags? You guessed it, Kyle went to camp this morning with little plastic containers in his lunch box and he’s thrilled to death and that leads to the QOD:

What are the little things that you do or that you can do that are good for the environment?

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Tuesday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 5:40 PM GMT on June 24, 2008

I'm here, I've got a 'tude, I'm not blogging because of it and may your day be wonderful. A QOD? I haven't the foggiest, so let me open this email....riiiiiippppppppp....It looks perfect, try a little cut and paste and voila! Hell, I mean heck, I might even answer it in a few.

What's worse...the trolls who cause the drama, or all the rest of us (myself included) who talk about the drama the trolls create/allow them to get us riled up/beg for peace/post blogs to tell them to grow up/email/innuendo....I mean, really...who's the actual problem here?

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MONDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 2:48 PM GMT on June 23, 2008

OK TAKE TWO

Today’s Thought

When we start blaming someone else for our problems, chances are we are forgetting who that usually real culprit is that same one that can fix it, ourselves

It’s Monday, I’m swamped, I’m tired from the weekend and I don’t care anyways I want to hear about you and that leads to the QOD:

How was your weekend, what was exciting and what bit of news or trivia did you find interesting over the weekend?

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Your Political Viewpoint

By: ricderr, 10:18 AM GMT on June 21, 2008

I do enjoy talking about politics. I do enjoy supporting the candidates of my choosing. I do enjoy reading other peoples opinions and understanding what issues they feel are important and how others feel the best course to achieve them is. I also feel that most people want the same thing; it's just the route that gets there that varies from person to person.

I've decided to try a little experiment today and possibly tomorrow. To open a blog where politics can be discussed, but since I've seen no other blog that has been successful, I hold little faith I can and so I have set up a series of rules that my little pea brain feels may have a chance for success.

THE CONCEPT

Consider the opponent of the person you support, is darn near perfect and you need to show everyone why your candidate is better. There's nothing negative you can say about the opponent, but even so you feel the candidate you support is better. Show us what qualities, what positionsyour candidate holds, what values or character the possess that proves they are the better choice.


THE RULES

You can only post support for the candidate of your choosing, you cannot say anything negative about the opponents you do not support. You cannot disguise negative comments in your posts either. Please do not try to be clever.

If you do not agree with someone then you can only use two words "I disagree" and only reference the post number, not the person, and then you must explain why your candidate’s position differs from that opinion and not allow it to become negative towards the other.

If they typical Troll comes in, you may not respond to them. You must trust that each person who reads this blog has enough sense to realize the troll posting is an idiot and also trust that I, when I can, will apply the "Bloggal Ban of Authority"

Three easy rules, and the idea is to have each one prove the worth of the candidate, not that the candidate you choose is worthy only because the other candidate is not. It's time to turn a negative process into something positive.


I will temporarily ban anyone that cannot follow these rules or at my discretion pull the blog if it tumbles into the unholy hell of typical political blogs.

Finally, I love my country. I love the spirit of the people I share it with and while I may find fault with things of the past, present and future, I do believe that although sometimes slowly, we as a country end up getting it right. When you look back over the almost 250 year history of the United States of America we've had our moments, we wear our blemishes and our scars, but over all, we stand proud of where we stand and who we are.

ENJOY

Updated: 10:22 AM GMT on June 21, 2008

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I'm sick and tired of ignorance

By: ricderr, 6:32 PM GMT on June 20, 2008

there's this great thing called respect.....i'm not the best at it..but i've actually been trying....all i ask...is enough respect..for myself..and the group of people that enjoy playing in this little playpen...to not have to put up with the politics and the fighting....WU created email accounts for that

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Friday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 11:47 AM GMT on June 20, 2008

Thought of the Day
Do not confuse your opinions with reality


To those that provide me with free advertising, is it too much to ask for a little background music? I offer up one of my favorites this summer for its catchy tune and appropriate lyrics. :-)




Natasha Bedingfield Lyrics
Pocket Full Of Sunshine Lyrics

Happy first day of summer! It’s also Friday and I’m in need of some light entertainment and speaking of advertising, I was reading a funny piece this morning on how advertising is letting it all hang out and offering just too much information for public decency. They mentioned of course Viagra and Levitra. They also mentioned the new KY ads and the drug to lessen the effects of herpes, Valtrex. Drugs aren’t the only commercials that are immune, highlighted was also the Charmin bears doing their business in the woods. My favorite to hate though has to be the Pepto Bismol song and dance routine, that one turns my stomach and that leads to the QOD:

What commercial be it TV, print or radio that you just can’t stand?

Updated: 6:34 PM GMT on June 20, 2008

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THURSDAY'S "BERKELEY" QOD

By: ricderr, 12:21 PM GMT on June 19, 2008

Thursday’s Thought of the Day

Nothing is stronger than the will of a determined person.

Most days the Question of the Day is at best a nice little diversion from the activities of the day. I enjoy reading every ones viewpoints and differing thoughts on subjects. It’s rarely about being right and more of enjoying the diversity and also the common things we all share. I am a firm believer that we’re a small community as far as blogs go and as such I do not think the QOD is going to change the world. I do not expect it to change anyone’s mind although it is my hope occasionally the comments will add a smile to each readers day.

Today however, is different Most days I try to not give my opinion as I form the topic. Today I will, see today, I do hope we can bring about change. In fact, at the end of the day I hope we can put together a petition that we take to admin and ask them to consider making a change. Yes, it’s time to go “Berkeley” all over their butts and say we the people have a voice, we have a desire for a better community and we’re not going to sit around and just take it anymore. So, grab a couple of flowers for your hair, don your best tie dyed shirt, burn some incense, give up your shoes and let’s practice a little civil disruption. Yes, we’re going to talk politics.

Now don’t worry, we’re not going to talk about republican, democrat or independent. I want to talk about the tone of the political talk on the blogs. It is my belief that the way things are said about candidates if instead of a candidate it was a fellow blogger here the poster would have been banned. I’m sick of the lies and outright slander that is allowed to pass for political commentary. And I’m disgusted at how the conversation so quickly and easilly turns into people denigrating fellow bloggers. I think it needs to be changed. I think admin needs to step up to the plate and address the issue.

Let me interject at this point and say if you disagree with this concept, it is perfectly acceptable to speak out. There are many things in this wide world that I do not like and that does not necessarily make them bad.

Now this comes from someone who enjoys pushing the envelope and defining the limits, but it is my frm belief that the political discussions of late have gone far past that.

Here is what I propose, we each add our viewpoints and then we draft a petition that encompasses the points and then we though e-mail endorse the petition and then send it to admin giving them the opportunity to address the issue.

Remember, they may have built the house, but we live here!

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Wednesday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 12:27 PM GMT on June 18, 2008

Wednesday’s Thought of the Day

Typing words on a screen is easy.
Putting them in practice is much harder.
You can do it though; it starts with the first step
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Good morning. The sun is shining, the birds are singing and it’s oh so peaceful. Who’s taking odds that the blogs will remain that way?

I have to hand it to Gulf, I know he wears a few nerves thin, I enjoy his wit and humor, but no matter you have to credit him that he’s a realist when he says we should all put one of those counters on our blogs and get a true count of how many people stop by and visit. The thought that we’re just grains of sand on the beach comes to mind.

That doesn’t change the fact that I enjoy this little spot of the internet especially when I go to the forecast page and see I’m still in front of Bob. Seeing that I love to harass Bob, I only think it’s fair to assume that he spends about 5 minutes with his forecast and I spend at least an hour, ok let’s be truthful, about 2 hours. I can tell you which college website has all the data, models and charts with easy access to forecast Seattle. I can tell you the names of the 3 senior weather staff at the big 3 TV stations for the area, and I am already graphing the NWC forecasts and a few others of our next city to forecast to gauge how I’m interpreting the data to get a jump on the next round. I think Mobal needs to pop in and tell us how much time he spends on this seeing he’s still in first place. I’m almost to the point of thinking he can’t be beat. He is solid day after day. So yes, I’m having a blast, thank you Shawn.

Yesterday I received a letter from a friend taking yesterday’s QOD to another level. Yes, Melt, we’re being elitist again today and talking about kids. Be glad though, I kind of thought we would be talking sports. Anyway, maybe just because I’m opinionated I always think that even if it is a situation not relevant to you, you always can contribute. I have a sister without any kids, she doesn’t want any kids and will never have any kids and she’s never afraid of telling me what I should be doing. It’s just a family trait. Now yesterday we talked about music and children, so to take it another step further and thus the QOD:

Your son or daughter comes home from college for the summer, with their respective boyfriend or girlfriend, do you let them sleep together under your roof?

And to scare the Beejesus out of me and go to a subject I want to bury my head in the sand about let’s also add:

What do you do if you find out your child is having sex?

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Tuesday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 1:04 PM GMT on June 17, 2008

Good Morning, did I tell you I drove a race car over the weekend? Yes, I’m still hyped over that one.

Becky and I were watching the news last night and they profiled a story showing same sex marriages taking place in California. We figured out what all the fuss is about. You see, once you start on this slippery slope the next thing you know they will allow cats to marry dogs. OK don’t laugh, we thought it was funny last night

Go Tiger, he out duels Rocco yesterday to win the US Open, his 14th major of his career and then we watch him hugging and holding his daughter. I like that. Of course just as big of a story was second place finisher Rocco Mediate. Ranked 158th and never having won a major, not to mention he’s 45, he played his heart out and did you see him smile throughout it all? What an amazing person as you watched him enjoy every bit of it, including rooting for Tiger when he did well. That’s not the trait of a champion in as much as it is the trait of a true person. The lesson on that golf course was not how to win, but how to lose and Rocco has my utmost respect.

I’m afraid I have to admit I’m abusing my children. I’m making them listen to R&B oldies, in fact, even some Disco. I am so fed up with the summer hits on their top 40 station I could just spit. You can’t understand how this is for me on so many levels. First, if I make a big fuss, then of course they won’t listen to it at home, but you know darn well I’ve just added some great romance to the tunes they like that now when they do hear it. They’ll be paying attention to every word nuance and suggestion. If you get the chance look at the New Kids latest video where you have 40 year old guys crooning to an audience of teens and preteens and in their video they are hooking up with what appears to be ladies in their late teens. Come on! Am I the only one that thinks this is just too sick to even be funny? Should my daughter ask for a New Kids poster she’s heading straight for the nunnery. Oh, but the best one is the “I Kissed a Girl” song. I know, I know, guys have been singing about their first kiss for years, but guess what? This isn’t a guy who is singing, it’s another girl. Who was the blogger that made a fuss about his 6 year old having to hear an explanation of two men kissing? Buddy, you had better turn off the tunes, because it’s in your face. Actually, what bothers me most about the song is it plays to all the stereotypes of two women kissing and I don’t agree with those stereotypes. Now, don’t let me jump on the soapbox here, because back in the day the lyrics I grew up on weren’t much better remember that “Voulez-vous Coucher Avec Moi”, or “Fire” and those are just two right off the top of my head. This is Becky’s argument and that is, we never listened to the words or let their meaning affect our lives or our judgments and in fact the ones that caught the negative attention of our parents, were the ones we did pay attention to. Now this doesn’t mean that we don’t pick and choose the CD’s they can have or help them when they download songs for their IPOD’s. We have some standards but we don’t make a big fuss over it at least to the kids and so I ask the question of the day:

How much screening do you do in regards to the music your children listen to?

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Monday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 12:35 PM GMT on June 16, 2008

Before I start with the happy and fun I have to ask, am I the only one that has noticed the lack of coverage on the flooding in the Midwest? You would think it’s a total non event with the local news and national although, better well, it seems that the China earthquake and the Mayanar Typhoon garnered so much more attention. It’s incredible the size of area affected area and for some the most damage is yet to come as flood waters will crest on Tuesday. And it’s not just people and homes that are affected. Crops will be affected. Corn and Soybean prices will be much higher and a shortage may be felt affecting yours and my wallets. So, even though I try not to stay away from the human element, I am who I am and am not a better person for mentioning this, if you have an extra dollar or two I’m sure you can find a relief organization that could use your help and everyone should be able to offer thoughts and prayers to those affected.

Now, what a Father’s Day, the Richard Petty Nascar Experience is fantastic. It was 1999 that I first heard of it and since then it’s been on my list of things that someday I have to do. The course is a 1 mile tri-oval with about 8 degree banking in the corners and the fastest the cars will let you go is 122 MPH unless you opt out for the ultra experience of 18 laps where you can get up to 126 MPH. I got up to 120.1 MPH and loved every bit of it. You drive by yourself and your instructor is in a car ahead of you and you are mirroring his driving and speed and the better you can obtain this the faster he will lead you. Awesome is the only way I can describe it. You leave with such a better respect for the true drivers. There’s so much that goes into just making sure your lines are right and that you hit your marks with a car in front leading the way and visuals painted on the track and cones on the side, to do this for 500 laps and at speeds half as fast with 41 other cars in front, behind and on the side, takes true skill. I was wore out from my 8 laps with the adrenaline rush, mental challenge of following, and there’s never a break, as soon as you are lined up for one turn you’re lining up for the next. I wish we had hit the lottery over the weekend so I could drive a few more laps today and that leads to the QOD:

What is the strangest, wildest or just plain most memorable out of the ordinary thing you’ve done?

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Happy Kids Day

By: ricderr, 1:52 PM GMT on June 14, 2008

Well tomorrow is Father’s Day. I had a project to do at home over the weekend and it’s on hold because I’ve been told to prepare for a whole day of fun so I don’t know what Becky and the little criminals have in mind. Fathers Day is a hard pill for me to swallow. Mothers Day is awesome. You get to celebrate the one who brought you into this world and sacrificed for you and if a husband you get to honor your wife who brought forth life in the form of your child. But Father’s Day is a different matter entirely. I grew up with a father, well sperm donor is more like it and a step-dad who until about I was 19 did either of us realize that somehow through our turbulent relationship we had somehow persevered to become father and son. I did live with my biological father for three years of my life as an early teen, of course I didn’t see him very often but I did learn how to be a good salesman, although you don’t see many newspaper ads for a coke and reefer sales route. Last time my SD called me was to find out Kyle’s middle name, Kyle was 4 at the time and it was the first time he had acknowledged he had another grandson. The time we had talked before was as I was coming out of the ICU, I had just made the decision to have my daughter delivered by C-section and was certain I WAS condemning my wife, who was in a coma, to die. His words were, “Why didn’t you call me?” Now you see why I waited until late in life to have kids in the first place. I’m not good father material. But, I’m the luckiest man alive today. I have three of the most awesome kids.

I was thinking about that as I was playing backgammon on POGO this morning. Well actually I was thinking of some of the negative things about my kids and somehow, I started comparing their actions with the actions of my youth and I realized, how truly lucky I am. See Tim, the oldest and the one with the IQ that made school officials stand up and take notice brought home a C in French for the last quarter. Why, because he hadn’t studied on a few quizzes, knew he would have a B and decided not to do his last 2 homework assignments. He thought they wouldn’t pull his grade down below a B, so why not be a slacker. He was wrong, Homey don’t play that in the IB program. So naturally I’m upset, but then I remembered at 16 I decided to skip the whole third quarter of classes after lunch. Yep I called it a day after lunch. The only class I passed was P.E. and that’s because as a football player the coach didn’t make us report and never turned in absence slips. My penalty after the school office finally became aware of it? I was reassigned to the High School in my neighborhood zone, Castlemont High School. It had 2 shootings, 1 murder and 2 rapes the year before. I would be the only student of my pale color and I would be escorted from the front door in the morning by security guard to and from classes until they escorted me back on my own bus in the afternoon. I opted for a full time job and paid my own way through private school the last two years, so maybe I should realize a 16 year old is going to make mistakes and I’m damn lucky his only results in a C grade for the quarter.

My princess of a daughter is becoming the emotional queen at age 11. There’s a very good chance it’s those lovely teenage hormones kicking in but she can cry like the world has abandoned her at the drop of a hat. My biggest complaint, she refuses to keep her room clean. This is the room that Becky hand painted all the murals and decorated it to look like Swiss Family Robinson goes to Africa, complete with a banyan trees, monekys, grass painted floor, and a raised bed that I personally built for her and invested about 40 hours of manual labor making. You would think she would appreciate what she has as my room growing up was a laundry shed that had been opened up to the house, 6.5’ x 8’. Of course she is one of the most compassionate child I know, wants to be a vet and except for a dirty room I rarely ever have a reason to raise my voice or give her a stern look. Yep, I know, I’m a jerk for complaining and not realizing how good I’ve got it.

The youngest, well, he’s my jock and he’s big, fast and talented. He jumps up to Mighty Mites this year in football. He’s with the youngest players in this age bracket, but last night as we fathers bring our boys out for dads and sons football. We can’t refer that it has anything to do with Pop Warner or we would have to void our season even though our sons will all be on the same team and Kyle is going to be about the 3rd of 4th biggest player on the team. His ranking in strength, speed and agility is 4th on the squad and he’s expected to be a starter both on offense and defense. As someone who loves football with a passion that I do, I couldn’t be prouder. Of course, we’re talking about the same kid that night after night we have to fight him to go to bed. He has every bad quality that either I or his mother possesses. If allowed he could cuss worse than a sailor and I am so scared he’ll grow up to be like me and not rise above me. I can get so wrapped up with looking to see how many faults of mine he has that I hear but don’t listen to how many parents come up to Becky and I joking if they could borrow Kyle for a week or two so their kids would learn to be as polite, would hold the doors open for them, would talk quietly in a house and say ma’am and sir. See, he’s already risen past me so when you call me a jerk go ahead and tell me how blind I am also.

So tomorrow, as we enjoy Father’s Day and I open some cards and unwrap some presents and we spend the day doing whatever the kids and Becky have planned. It may be called Fathers Day, but for me, it will be Kids Day and inwardly I’ll shed a tear and be terribly thankful for what I have, as, I’m not the best father. I’m not the best parent and I don’t have perfect kids, but what I do have are children, who know right from wrong, who know the value of good decisions, who are happy, are loved and know how to love and when they are grown, employed, married and have families of their own and I am just about to meet my maker, then, I’ll have Fathers Day. I’ll smile to myself and then and only then will I tell myself, job well done.

HAPPY KIDS DAY!

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Friday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 1:23 PM GMT on June 13, 2008

I had the pleasure of doing “The Thought of the Day” at Rob’s Weather Weenie site and now that it is going inactive I thought I would bring it here. It’s nothing great or exciting. It’s just my practice for becoming the next Fortune Cookie writer. I had a blast writing them and I don’t comment on them. The general idea is, if they have meaning for you, that’s great and if they have another meaning for someone else, that’s fine also. There is no right or wrong. If it makes you think, that is great and if it doesn’t make you think then the best news is you only wasted three seconds of your life reading it. I’m guessing it’s not the most time you’ve wasted lately. So I leave you with the Thought of the Day and the Question of the Day:

Think about this:

Do you realize how far it is to reach for the stars when all you have to do is reach inside yourself?

QOD:

What little phrase, poem or quote means a lot to you?


Monkey Love sings about sex education

Updated: 2:27 PM GMT on June 13, 2008

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THURSDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 12:43 PM GMT on June 12, 2008

I am a Hulk Hogan fan. I have met him in person; I’ve watched him in the movies, on TV and live at wrestling events. I could not tell you if in reality if he’s a good person or not, but the observations I’ve had of him have all been favorable. Recently he’s been criticized by the public through the media for comments he made to his son on the phone while his son was in solitary confinement in a Florida jail. Nick Hogan, son of Hulk, was convicted of driving recklessly and is serving an eight month sentence. While racing his car he was involved in a crash and his passenger was hurt and is now in a coma. It’s a tragic event and unfortunately the same outcome is happening to many youth as street racing among our youth is growing in popularity. The comment that has created all the furor is during one of the phone calls Hulk tells Nick that maybe the reason the passenger is in a coma is God’s will. Evidently this friend of Nick wasn’t the most reputable person around, but was he? Should I take one comment and make a total judgment call on it? For that matter should I take that comment made by Hulk Hogan and now decide that he’s a terrible person? See, during the Larry King show last night Hulk said that he was looking for anything to say to inspire his son who was to the point of depression, maybe even suicide by being incarcerated. There was no intention of malice, it was grasping at the first thing that came into his mind to uplift his son to keep him from sinking deeper into depression. If you believe that, if you believe that the love between parent and child is so strong it hurts so much when they are troubled then that might change your opinion. It doesn’t make what was said right, but makes it understandable and makes the apology acceptable and that leads to the QOD:

Can you recount one comment you’ve made that has skewed peoples opinion of you and can you recall one comment that someone has made that has skewed your opinion of them?

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Wednesday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 12:05 PM GMT on June 11, 2008

Good morning to each and everyone. I think it’s time for a little rambling.

Hello to the late night people who come in and right the ship and put this blog back on topic. Your comments might not get the replies that the morning ones do but they add to the consensus and are still read by many. It’s nice to wake up and see that other people still had an opinion on the topic.

Studies now show that 25 million people are now underinsured. These are not those without any insurance. These are not those on welfare receiving government assistance. These are the working poor, the forgotten people and chances are, they’re people who read this blog. Something must be done as a slowing economy and possible recession will only add to these numbers.

My 8 year old was talking with mom last night as he was heading to bed. He has decided that he wants boobs when he grows up. Oh, he doesn’t want to give up his boy parts as he so aptly called them, but boobs are cool. God help us all. I’m just glad mom got to field this one and I didn’t.

I haven’t talked about the forecasting contest in awhile. I surprised myself by staying in 3rd place overall in the contest after Omaha. As of today Mobal is in first place and Skypony keeps on inching her way up the leader board. Another surprise is CG. If she had started playing from the beginning she would be right there in the thick of things. Who would figure that mere girls, sky and CG could forecast. I wonder though, if the forecasting might be keeping them out of the kitchen too much and they both are neglecting their wifely duties. We might need to call Mr. Sky and Mr. CG.

Yesterday on one of the blogs a stink was made over what a candidate had said about sex education. Now of course, it was typically done with the whole quote conveniently left out and edited to portray the candidate in the worst light from the opposing viewpoint, but it got me to thinking. Has sex education helped? Of course that got me to not just accepting my thoughts as facts and instead perusing for information and I was surprised at what I found out so I thought why not bring it to the table. Now, I’m going to leave the politics out. Once again, you’ve got numerous blogs to share your wisdom of how great you can prove your points and bash your fellow bloggers, this isn’t the venue for it, instead the QOD:

How do you feel sex education should be taught?

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TUESDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 5:43 PM GMT on June 10, 2008

OK, I created this monster. So I guess I must take ownership and do what’s right. Of course, since I enjoy the QOD and I enjoy everyone’s partition for that enjoyment there comes responsibility and I thank you guys.

Oil is on most every ones mind and coupled with this seemingly hand in hand is Global Warming. Now, without getting into the political spectrum or validity of either one (Save it for Gulfscottmans’s blog, I will have none of it here.) I’d like to look into the social aspect of both. It’s one thing to argue back and forth who is to blame, or which point of view is valid or not, but even more important is what action are you going or willing to take. I’m going to foreget about global warming and focus only on oil since, at the price of gas today it has, or probably will at some point alter each one of our lives and so the QOD:

What are you doing or will be willing to do to lessen your consumption of oil/gas?

What are you unwilling to change in your life regardless of the price of oil/gas?

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TUESDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 5:43 PM GMT on June 10, 2008

OK, I created this monster. So I guess I must take ownership and do what’s right. Of course, since I enjoy the QOD and I enjoy everyone’s partition for that enjoyment there comes responsibility and I thank you guys.

Oil is on most every ones mind and coupled with this seemingly hand in hand is Global Warming. Now, without getting into the political spectrum or validity of either one (Save it for Gulfscottmans’s blog, I will have none of it here.) I’d like to look into the social aspect of both. It’s one thing to argue back and forth who is to blame, or which point of view is valid or not, but even more important is what action are you going or willing to take. I’m going to foreget about global warming and focus only on oil since, at the price of gas today it has, or probably will at some point alter each one of our lives and so the QOD:

What are you doing or will be willing to do to lessen your consumption of oil/gas?

What are you unwilling to change in your life regardless of the price of oil/gas?

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Monday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 12:21 PM GMT on June 09, 2008

Well we survived another weekend and our prize? Another wonderful Monday filled with work. I want to quit this game and start the everyday is a weekend lifestyle.

It was a busy weekend though. We went and saw Kung Fu Panda and yes, even I the cynical one enjoyed it. We set up our aquarium. That's another of those things that has been stuck in the garage. We have 2 and we set up the smaller 75 gallon tank. It needs a few days for the water to clear and the chemicals in the water to dissipate and then we're all set for fish. It will house Goldfish. Yes, the run of the mill, orange and gray colored nothing fancy, .29 cents a piece and yet my favorite fish, Goldfish. Becky has a 500 gallon tank at work and when she first set it up she added goldfish to test the water and one has grown to about 7 inches, to me that is just awesome.

We should get some rain today. There's an upper to mid level disturbance working its way up from the south that should help rain chances and hopefully propel us into our rainy season. It will be nice to let Mother Nature water the yard and garden. As I watched it spin though it got me to thinking about hurricanes and wondering if we should happen to have another pass this way would I evacuate or not. I've got some very stubborn ideas. Becky and the kids should go, but I have to stay and watch the house. We have a safe room and the worst that could happen is the house to collapse around me and I'm stuck having to worm my way around the mess to get out, but at least if there's any possible thing that can be done I'm there. Of course, when you've been through one you know that it during the event it seems like it will last forever. Going outside to experience it is only fun for so long, but I will admit watching it from a protected spot is quite amazing. It's the worry over what that mighty force is doing to your roof and what more can it throw at you that wears your nerves thin. I'm now wondering if it might be better sitting on a lounge chair somewhere safe, sipping margaritas and watching the kids swim in the pool might not be a better way to pass the time and so I ask the QOD:

Under what circumstances will you evacuate and what circumstances will you not evacuate?

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Friday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 11:43 AM GMT on June 06, 2008

Have I ever told you guys I’m slow? I finally figured out the purpose of these political arguments for some. It’s not to bolster another candidate. It’s not to decry the faults of the candidate you don’t support. It’s to prove you are top dog in the debate and in doing so, facts and truth are not necessary. It’s the old adage winning is everything and win at all costs. I’ll still voice my opinion, but my new policy is once and done. I’d rather be right than win any day.

I won’t be around much this morning. I’ve a little unpleasant business to attend to. Do you hear that trolls? The blog is yours. I actually dreamt about this place last night. That I sat at my computer and trolls had taken over my screen name, account and ISP. I was just waiting for 9:00 am Pacific Time to get booted by administration. It was hilarious.

I have a bet with a fellow blogger over the election. For privacy reasons, his name will not be revealed at this time, but I feel confident that he will honor his obligations after Obama is declared the President Elect in November. Now we both need your help. We’re not interested in taking each others money. A few bucks here or there won’t change either of us. What is more important is the pride of winning and the comedy of defeat where the shame of losing is witnessed here for everyone of Wunderground to see. We need your help and that leads to the QOD:

What is a suitable blogging punishment for myself or my fellow friend who is very much like me, if we lose our bet?

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Thursday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 1:58 PM GMT on June 05, 2008

Typical, I didn’t have to get up at 5 am this, so instead I got up did a few things and head back to bed to enjoy a few minutes of just lying down and enjoying the peace and quiet. Of course, it’s a busy day with Cassie’s graduation and a few other things, so I don’t get a chance to at least pop on to WU but when I did what do I find? People have polluted my blog. If you want to pop on with some rude comments, go to someone else’s blog, if you want to respond to those comments, go to someone else’s blog. It’s that simple, for me it is anyways. So, since I didn’t have time to hose it out I instead just tossed the no comment switch until I could fix it. I guess I’ll have to hire a nighttime security guard.

Let me reiterate my point of view. If you don’t like me, just leave me alone. I’ll gladly do the same. This is actually a big blog world. I’m perfectly content to spend my time in a tiny portion of it with people I call friends and acquaintances and we do get along. It doesn’t mean all problems go away, I’ve seen the innuendo’s and the snide comments but finally I got it through my thick skull and learned the joys of the ignore button. I then would get the e-mails from people showing me that the crap still has not stopped, by saying I’m not interested or not commenting or in some cases using the e-mail ban function, even those have stopped and until people poop on my blog for the most part, I’m able to live with rose colored glasses and that is perfectly acceptable to me. While I believe total peace is impossible, (Love ya MP, my brother from another mother) I do believe in inner peace. Achieve it as you can.

So, onward and upward, I just got back from Cassie’s 5th grade graduation. What a production. We didn’t have elementary graduation where I attended. The principal came to the class and wished us a successful time in Junior High and off we went. Today, it’s a big procession and ceremony with parties afterwards. I think just about everybody is off to the beach and I’m the slacker parent for not taking the day off of work. Luckily Cassie has friends, whose parents did take the day off. So since Tim’s last day was yesterday, Kyle’s last day is also today, hey all get to enjoy ten weeks off from school without a care in the world and that brings me to the QOD:

As a child what did you look forward to most in the summertime?

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Wednesday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 11:57 AM GMT on June 04, 2008



Today, regardless of your party affiliation, regardless if you are conservative or liberal, regardless of who you will or will not vote for, you should be proud of your country, you should be proud of your fellow citizens. Of course I'm happy that Obama has garnered his party’s nomination, but even if you aren't you have reason to celebrate. Look where our country was in regards to race at its inception. Look at where it was at the turn of the 20th century and during the middle of that century. Yet, in just 40 years, in just 2 generations we have advanced to where anyone, regardless of race can vie for the top spot of our nation’s government. How many other countries can make this claim? I know that I will remember this day and I know that it makes me proud to be an American!




When I first thought about today's topic, my first idea was to show all the negative things Obama had to overcome to get where he is today and as I was thinking about it, it dawned on me, why? Why do I need to add negativity to such a positive moment? Why not just admire the glory and the triumph for what it is. It's no greater through negativity, in fact I am becoming a believer that truly overcoming negativity means that you must forget about it, you have to let it go and so the QOD:

How do you overcome negativity?

Updated: 10:24 AM GMT on June 05, 2008

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Tuesday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 12:14 PM GMT on June 03, 2008


Even as our heart is saddened, our spirit is lifted as heaven gains a new member. We'll miss you Max's Grandpa.
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Well good news on the home front, the house Becky fell in love with over the weekend has an offer on it and a back up offer so we won’t be moving anytime soon. Of course because of this I think Becky has the itch, so why she was waiting for Cassie’s but to get back from her 5th grade class trip last night at 8 pm she was out driving through neighborhoods checking out foreclosures and pre-foreclosures. I’m perfectly happy to live in the house we are at until we move to NC, but as I’m sure you husbands know I might not have that option unless I want to live alone. Plus, at 9 pm I was still emptying boxes of knickknacks and antiques. I don’t want to repack these things anytime soon. Oh and I got in trouble, I put on the marine wall a Dolphin vertebrae which somehow had never gone to the lab during a necropsy Becky had done in Key West. I thought it looked rather neat, but Becky had to inform me that it’s against federal law to be in possession of such item so mums the word.

I received a letter yesterday from another lurker. Now just in case I don’t explain myself very well as I am constantly prone to do, this lurker is not a naysayer, a troublemaker or trying to upset the flow, they just had a thought and didn’t want the public interaction. There is a question in that alone, maybe I’ll still remember it tomorrow but back to the letter. In the letter this person asked if I’d do a question about outsourcing. Now I’ve actually thought about this topic but I have very strong opinions on the topic and I believe my opinion on the topic is in the minority. So why would I want a butt kicking in my own blog? There’s also a few bloggers who I actually respect, dare I say think of as friends, that this is a sensitive topic and even if this sounds hard to believe I try to shy away from those most of the time. Don’t worry, if this might change my bad boy image that some have of me, please consider that last sentence a bold face lie. So, I think it’s a good topic, I think it is pertinent to our times and I’ll just have to actually take the time to listen to differing opinions rather than not listening because I’m too busy formulating an argument instead of having a discussion. Of course outsourcing is nothing new but specifically we want to focus on outsourcing jobs to foreign lands. We’ve seen it for many years in the manufacturing sector but recently it has become a reality for white collar employees. In reading up on this topic I noticed an advertisement for outsourcing computer programmers at a savings of 60 to 70 percent not counting the savings of benefits. There are a lot of factors to consider including the cost of goods and services that we pay because of outsourcing and I look forward to hearing your comments and so we have the QOD:

What are your thoughts and opinions on Outsourcing?

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Monday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 12:07 PM GMT on June 02, 2008

Well the weekend is over so I say Happy Monday to each and every one of you. The best news about this week, Tim’s last day of school is Wednesday and then we have 10 weeks where I don’t have to get up at 5 in the morning. I’ll still wake up at 5 but it’s always nice not to have to. Becky and I spent the weekend going through boxes and putting up shelves, more pictures and antiques on the walls. For some reason when we moved we wanted to do this that and the other thing and then with hurricanes we never put them out. Our closets and garage has been filled with boxes and finally we have decided it’s dumb to have so many things we like piled away. To give you an idea, next time you go to Cracker Barrel and you notice all the things on the wall and ceiling. Our house is the same. A bare wall is a shame. Of course since we’re about done, what did we also do this weekend? We looked at another house. It may be under contract, but if not it may be too good of a deal to pass up. Yes, you can give us the “L” sign now, but I do have a question of the day:

What do you like to collect?

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